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Viniculture brings our people together.

Members of The Journal's culture club enjoyed a taste of fine wine at our latest event last night.

The Cooperage on Newcastle's Quayside was the venue for an evening of Spanish wine tasting.

The evening, exclusively open to members of our culture club, featured wines from the Ribera del Duero area of Spain, which lies north of Madrid and south of the Cantabrian mountains.

Enjoying the festivities were James and Ilona Herring, of Langton Terrace, High Heaton, Newcastle.

Mrs Herring, 64, a former auxiliary nurse said: "James and myself have both recently retired so we decided to go out more.

"Coming to a wine tasting evening like this is great fun. It is enjoyable to learn about the wines and where they come from."

Her husband, 61, a former engineer, said: "Before coming here we made use of the culture club offer of two meals for the price of one by dining out at Home restaurant.

"This is a very enjoyable evening out."

Retail manager Joanne Young, 28, from Biddlestone Road, Heaton, was also enjoying the wine- tasting.

She said: "I recently moved to Newcastle from Yorkshire to work and I think the culture club is a fantastic idea. Evenings like this give me the chance to get out and meet people. I will definitely be coming to more culture club events."

The Journal's culture club was launched on March 21 and gives members exclusive offers, including previews of shows and exhibitions as well as discounts on popular attractions ( for just pounds 10 a year.

* See Friday's Journal for more details about the culture club and it's latest offers.
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